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Jews Celebrate Canadian Town’s First Torah

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The Jewish community of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada, and specifically the members of Chabad of Okanagan, got to take part in a once in a lifetime experience to help complete a Torah, something all members of the Jewish faith hope to do at some point during their life. “The Torah is the […]

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The Story of a Mysterious Jewish Holiday Phrase: ‘The Book of Life’

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Kotvenu b’sefer he-ḥayyim, “Inscribe us in the Book of Life,” Jews pray in the days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur. “May you be written down and inscribed for a good year,” they say to each other. No concept or phrase is more associated with the High Holy Days than that of a divine “book” […]

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How to Make a Shofar for High Holidays

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One of the most pinnacle points of the Jewish High Holidays is the blowing of the shofar, which happens no less than 100 times during Rosh Hashana alone. So Jewish News One went to the Golan Heights to one of only three shofar factories in the world to discover how a kosher shofar is created. […]

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President Barack Obama’s Rosh Hashanah Greeting

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday issued a video greeting to the Jewish people in honor of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. “As the high holy days begin, it’s a chance not just to celebrate with family and friends, but to ask some of life’s most piercing questions,” said Obama. “Am I treating strangers […]

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Rosh Hashana: The Sound of the Shofar

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What is the essence of our faith, the purpose for which the Jewish people have been placed in the world? Fascinatingly enough, the answer is to be found within the central prayer of our Rosh Hashana liturgy: the three blessings, uniquely found within the Additional (Musaf) prayer of Rosh Hashana, of “Malchuyot” (kingship), “Zichronot” (remembrances) […]

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Chief Rabbi Lau Urges Prayers for Pollard’s Release

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Israeli Chief Rabbi David Lau has urged worshippers to pray for the release of Jonathan Pollard in services to be held over the Jewish New Year.   Pollard has been imprisoned in the U.S. where he has served over 27 years of a life sentence.   Rabbi Lau, Israel’s newly elected Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi called on communities to pray to […]

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American Rabbi Authors ‘The Bill of Rights of a Jewish Wife’

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The 5 Towns Jewish Times wrote an article last week on the “proliferation of divorces” in the Jewish Orthodox community and on the current system that fails to protect women struggling to “navigate their way through difficult or bad marriages.” The newspaper interviewed Rabbi Mendel Epstein of Brooklyn, New York, leader of a Jewish community, […]

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City Faces Balancing Act as Hasidic Community Grows

Needing to abide by their traditions of modesty, Hasidic women want the city to post a female lifeguard during a women-only swim session at a municipal pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and have lobbied a local councilman to take up their cause. On another front, Hasidic matzo bakeries, citing ancient Jewish law, have insisted on using […]

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Haredi Community is a Vital Factor in Jewish Life

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The haredi community is a vital factor in Jewish life  and in the t State of Israel President Shimon Peres told a group of some 60 students from the Mir, Hebron, Ateret Israel and Ponevich yeshovot on Wednesday when they met with him at his official residences. Peres also decried the “dialogue of hate” and […]

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Muslim’s Unceasing Search for Jewish Mom

It is the stuff of which films are made and novels are written. His absorbing story is such that it connects three continents, Asia, Europe and North America, five countries India, Israel, Canada, United Kingdom and Pakistan, and two communities seen as natural adversaries today – the Jews and the Muslims. Urdu poet and Hafiz-e-Koran […]

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Two Trees (of Life) Grow in Brooklyn

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Zachary Ruttenberg first connected with Chabad last year in Mumbai, India, where he was living at the time. Two young rabbinical students from the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., showed up at the synagogue where he was praying—Magen David in Colaba—and said if he was ever in Brooklyn, he should look them up. A year and several countries […]

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Young Couple Making Aliyah from Pittsburgh Wins $10,000

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Nefesh B’Nefesh has announced the winners of their new aliyah contest, the “Wedding Gift Challenge”, awarding 25 newlyweds prizes to help start their new life in Israel. Nefesh B’Nefesh sought to encourage young American couples to discuss aliyah by enticing them to enter a social media-based contest to win prizes including a sum of $10,000. […]

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My Favorite Segulas

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There’s a lot of talk about how crazy some segulas are and it’s nice for someone to showcase the ones we actually use. I’m not sure these are real, but here you go anyway. Courtesy of Avromy L. from Facebook: Segulah for recovery from illness: Go to a doctor (Berachot 60a, Bava Kamma 46b) Segulah […]

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Dear Heshy: Can One Actually be Frum if They Live Out of Town?

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Dear Heshy, I know that you live out of town and consider yourself frum, so I hope that you and your out of town readers don’t take this the wrong way, but I always felt that those folks who moved out of town were sacrificing on their yiddishkeit for a higher quality of life in […]

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Women and Tallit

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Why do some women wear Tallit? Why shouldn’t women wear Tallit? What’s the big deal? If you’re like me, you probably haven’t spent a lot of time pondering these questions. As someone who falls somewhere outside of regular observance, a tallit, or prayer shawl, isn’t usually on the forefront of my thoughts.  (Even defining a […]

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PM Turned Down Kosher Food, Preferring ‘Treif’ on Poland Trip

During a state visit to Poland in June, Jewish community members said they witnessed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other government officials eat non-kosher food – and the community is very angry and upset at the Prime Minister’s behavior. Two months after the visit by Netanyahu and his ministers, members of the community told Arutz […]

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With Children Under Chuppah

Years of expectations to receive the special approval that they have completed their conversion process and can get married according to Jewish Law; several years of fighting for Israeli recognition as conversion seekers, while their children already live in Israel as Jews; and decades of leading a double life: Colombian Jews who know they have […]

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Female Panic

Female Panic

You’re a holy yeshiva bochur, you’ve gone 3 days without seeing a woman, now you have to go to CVS for some narishkeiten, what do you do? The life of a yeshiva bochur revolves around controlling thoughts that lead to illegal erections. A quality yeshiva bochur will do everything he can to not see or […]

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From Talmud to Thai Kickboxing

From Talmud to Thai Kickboxing

Every morning, Rabbi Yaakov Lupolianski arrives at the Bnei Akiva Yeshiva at the central Israeli moshav of Nehalim. He teaches Talmud, Torah and religion, and then goes home to change. As the sun goes down, the bearded rabbi turns into a tough Muay Thai instructor, who teaches his students to kick, punch and defend themselves. […]

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Teens Seek Purpose, Identity at Summer Un-Camp

Teens Seek Purpose, Identity at Summer Un-Camp

“When my classmates asked me what religion I am, I made them guess,” Luca Koo, 15 from Budapest, Hungary says. “They went through the whole list before I told them I’m Jewish.” One of thirty-five teen girls who’ve come from foreign countries to spend summer at Un-Camp, a three week program in Dorchester, IA, Luca first noticed […]

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Peres Attends Unveiling of Latvia Museum to Honor WWII Rescuers of Jews

Peres Attends Unveiling of Latvia Museum to Honor WWII Rescuers of Jews

President Shimon Peres took part in a ceremony marking the opening of a museum in Latvia dedicated to a couple who saved some 50 Jews from extermination. The museum in downtown Riga, Latvia’s capital, is located next to the property once owned by Zanis Lipke, a port worker who together with his wife hid Jews […]

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To Tattoo Or Not To Tattoo

To Tattoo Or Not To Tattoo

I am leaving tomorrow for a trip home to LA. Between visiting cousins, friends, new babies, and family, my trips home tend to whiz by in a blur of too-short-check-ins. With all of the wonderful (albeit short) visits I make while I’m home, the most important ones I make are to my grandfather. Papa is […]

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Caroline Kennedy: the Daring Swimmer

Caroline Kennedy: the Daring Swimmer

In the article we read about a surprising facet of her life. She is an avid open water swimmer. …A few years ago, Mr. Hughes made an offhand comment that he and his partner, Dr. Richard Friedman, a psychiatrist who directs the psychopharmacology clinic at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital, made a ritual of competing in Swim […]

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Oz, Boteach and Sharansky Discuss Jewish Values in Jerusalem

Oz, Boteach and Sharansky Discuss Jewish Values in Jerusalem

A full-capacity crowd gathered Monday evening at the capital’s newly launched Jerusalem Press Club to hear a panel discussion among luminaries Dr. Mehmet Oz, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky about Jewish values and their impact on society. Oz, known as “America’s Doctor,” and Boteach, who has been called “America’s Rabbi,” arrived […]

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Do You Really Need to Ask a Rav?

Do You Really Need to Ask a Rav?

The purpose of this article is to challenge the firmly entrenched idea within the Torah community that rabbinical counsel should be sought in all crucial life decisions or halachic quandaries. In this article, I will argue why the rigid interpretation of this belief may have made sense in the past, but no longer does. The […]

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Baal Teshuva Schlemiel

Baal Teshuva Schlemiel

If it is to grow, change, and thrive, every new or emerging culture needs to see itself.  Whether in film, comic strips, or novels, all artists worth anything will tell you that works-of-art can help a culture to take account of itself: where it’s come from, where it’s at, and where it’s going to.  That […]

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3,000 Universes

3,000 Universes

The Talmud in Sanhedrin says that someone who saves one life is like someone who saved an entire universe. If this is true, then Irena Sendler saved nearly 3,000 universes. Since its inception, Yad Vashem has been in the forefront of identifying and honoring Righteous Gentiles saved Jews during WWII. Many of these individuals hid […]

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Accessible Worldwide Torah Study with Real-Life Relevance

Accessible Worldwide Torah Study with Real-Life Relevance

When students started Skyping in to a weekly Parshah class from Thailand, Pearl Krasnjanski of Chabad-Lubavitch of Hawaii knew that there was something different about this particular learning experience. “There is a woman in our community in Honolulu who travels for six months of the year, but she did not want to miss the class,” explains Krasnjanski, who has […]

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Lau Asserts His Universal Credentials in Race for Chief Rabbinate

Lau Asserts His Universal Credentials in Race for Chief Rabbinate

Rabbi David Lau, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Modi’in, is one of the two leading candidates for the position of Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi. He is the officially endorsed candidate of the haredi rabbinic and political leadership but has been touting his credentials as a candidate for all, based on his record in Modi’in as […]

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Doorway by Doorway, Rabbi Seeks Jews

Doorway by Doorway, Rabbi Seeks Jews

Montana’s small Jewish population is scattered across a huge US state that has more rodeos than rabbis, but one man is logging thousands of miles to seek out the faithful one doorway at a time. Rabbi Chaim Bruk has set his sights on making sure each Jewish home in the state has a mezuzah at […]

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